0 SAB 2 Kings 20

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2 Kings


Hezekiah is cured with a lump of figs
20:1-7, Cf. Is 38:1-6, 21-22

1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Hezekiah was deathly ill.

Isaiah came to him and said,

God says you're going to die.

2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,

3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to God, saying

Remember how good I've been.

And he wept.

4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.

Then the word of God came to Isaiah and said,

Tell Hezekiah that I've heard his prayer and seen his tears.

I'll heal him in three days and add 15 years to his life.

6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

And I'll protect Jerusalem from Assyrian attacks.

7And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Isaiah said to the Hezekiah's servants,

Take a lump of figs.

And they put some figs on Hezekiah's boil and he recovered.

God makes a shadow go backwards
20:8-11, Cf. Is 38:7-9

8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?

Hezekiah said to Isaiah,
What will be the sign that God will heal me? [1]

9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

Isaiah said,
This is the sign that God will cure you:

Will the sun's shadow will go back or forward ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

Hezekiah said to Isaiah,
Well the sun usually goes forward.

So ask God to make it go backward ten degrees.

11And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

Isaiah cried out to God.

And God brought the shadow back ten degrees.

A Babylonian visits Hezekiah
20:12-19, Cf. Is 39:1-8

12At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

The son of the king of Babylonia heard that Hezekiah was sick, so he sent letters and a present to him

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Hezekiah invited him to visit.

When he arrived, Hezekiah showed him all the precious things in his kingdom.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

Isaiah said to Hezekiah,
Where did those guys come from and what did they want?

What did you show them?

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

Hezekiah said,
I showed them everything.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

Isaiah said to Hezekiah,
Here is what God says,
Everything in your house will be carried to Babylon.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

And your sons will be eunuchs in the king's palace in Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

Hezekiah said,
Okay. That's great.

Whatever God says if fine with me.

Hezekiah dies
20:20-21, Cf. 2 Chr 32:32-33

20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

The rest of Hezekieah's acts can be found in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah.

21And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

Hezekiah died, and his son Manasseh became king of Judah.

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